Spitfire The Experiences of a Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot

Author: Brian Lane
Publisher: Brian Lane
ISBN: 882285487X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Lane was the author of Spitfire!, originally published in 1942 under the pseudonym B.J. Ellan. The book is a first hand account of his experiences as a front line Spitfire pilot and is one of only a few contemporaneous autobiographical accounts of the life of a Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot.

Spitfire Ace

Author: Gordon Olive, DFC
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445644371
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Pitched into the maelstrom of air fighting in the summer of 1940, twenty-four-year-old Gordon Olive barely lived to tell this extraordinary tale of courage and endurance. As Britain fought alone for its survival, 'the Few' of RAF Fighter Command took to the air grievously outnumbered, many reaching breaking point, exhausted physically and mentally by unreleting, intense combat. Gordon Olive flew the iconic Spitfire for over 125 missions above London and the south-east in the white heat of the aerial battle for supremacy of the skies. One of the most heavily engaged pilots of the Battle, he shot down ten enemy aircraft. This is his story of what it was like to dogfight with Messerschmitts at speeds of 400 mph, experiencing G forces close to blackout, at one moment to be drenched in sweat with exertion, the next to be freezing at 25,000 feet, to smell the cordite of your own fighter's machine guns and feel cannon shells explode against the back of your armoured seat. Illustrated in colour with forty unique paintings of the aerial battle of summer 1940 by the author.

First Light

Author: Geoffrey Wellum
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141910348
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Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF . . . Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum many never return.

The Silver Spitfire

Author: Tom Neil
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 0297868144
Format: PDF, ePub
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A brilliantly vivid Second World War memoir by one of 'the Few' Spitfire fighter pilots. Following the D-Day landings, Battle of Britain hero Tom Neil was assigned as an RAF liaison to an American fighter squadron. As the Allies pushed east, Neil commandeered an abandoned Spitfire as his own personal aeroplane. Erasing any evidence of its provenance and stripping it down to bare metal, it became the RAF's only silver Spitfire. Alongside his US comrades, he took the silver Spitfire into battle until, with the war's end, he was forced to make a difficult decision. Faced with too many questions about the mysterious rogue fighter, he contemplated increasingly desperate measures to offload it, including bailing out mid-Channel. He eventually left the Spitfire at Worthy Down, never to be seen again. THE SILVER SPITFIRE is the first-hand, gripping story of Neil's heroic experience as an RAF fighter pilot and his reminiscences with his very own personal Spitfire.

The Last Enemy

Author: Richard Hillary
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 1473359643
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This early work by Richard Hillary was originally published in 1942 and we are now republishing it. 'The Last Enemy' is a work in which the author writes about his experiences as a Supermarine Spitfire pilot in World War II. This is and excellent work for anyone interested in military history.

A Spitfire Pilot s Story

Author: Dennis Newton
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781445671499
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A family-authorised biography of Pat Hughes, one of the top-scoring aces of the Battle of Britain.

Last of the Few

Author: Dilip Sarkar
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445610469
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Spitfire and Hurricane fighter pilots recount their experiences of combat during the Battle of Britain.

Scramble

Author: Tom Neil
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445649527
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Finally the full-length memoir of Battle of Britain and Siege of Malta hero Tom Neil, one of the last fighter pilots alive today, who shot down fourteen enemy aircraft

One of the Few

Author: Johnny Kent
Publisher: History PressLtd
ISBN: 9780752446035
Format: PDF, Docs
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Written by 303 squadron leader Johnny Kent, One of the Few is a superb memoir and surprisingly one of only a handful ever written by a Battle of Britain pilot.